Village Council to hold special meeting to discuss rising Greenway costs

Village Council will hold a special meeting at 7 p.m. Sept. 14 to discuss escalating costs of the Grand River Greenway construction. Village Manager Ryan Cotton learned late last week that pilings used for the wetland boardwalk portion of the nonmotorized path will need to be longer than expected. He said it will add at least $80,000 to the $1.3 million project, which is largely funded by state grants and private and public donations.
Marie Havenga
Sep 7, 2011


Engineer Phil Vogelsang of URS Corp. told the Village Council on Tuesday night that he anticipates some redesign in the piling construction could significantly lessen the initial $80,000 projection.

Vogelsang said the vertical members of the boardwalk pilings were designed to hold 21,000 pounds, and the crossbeams were designed to hold 6,000 pounds.

Vogelsang suggested that the weight limits may be significantly higher than necessary for a nonmotorized trail. Current standards call for 60-foot crossbeams.

Next week’s public meeting will be held at Barber School, 102 W. Exchange St.

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It is reasonable for the residents of SL to know how much this snafu will cost and who is responsible.
We do not want some kind of accounting gimmickry explaining how this problem does not cause a fiscal shortfall for the taxpayer. Village council and management should understand that double talk and obfuscation are not acceptable. What is the bottom line? Who's head should roll? Now is the time for serious change in SL. If there is no change SL will become an insolvent ghost town.


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